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I Love a Terrifying Name!

I'm a hopeless Egypt lover and have dreamed of naming a future daughter Isis ever since I was ten. Now I am expecting boy/girl twins (and most likely giving the middle name Alexandra to my daughter in honor of my ill father). What do you think? Is Isis useable or not? No other name appeals to me more than Isis. Is a terrorist group really worth giving up my dream name? I must add that my entire family is Hispanic and the whole terrorist drama seems so foreign to us at times.

--Egypt Lover

I can picture you now, a little girl reading about the marvels of the pyramids, the incredible beauty of the hieroglyphics, the wonders of King Tut’s tomb, and the gods and goddesses and legendary kings and queens that inspired Egyptian culture. It probably seemed so fascinatingly beautiful, so far-off and thrilling. The name Isis—which refers to the ancient Egyptian goddess of marriage, motherhood, and fertility—represents all of that to you: the beauty, the enchantment, the wonder of a dream come true.

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Volcano Name Terrorizes. And Inspires?

Volcano Name Terrorizes. And Inspires?

Gesundheit!

One of the biggest names in the news right now is also the most unpronounceable: Eyjafjallajoekull, the glacier atop the erupting Icelandic volcano that's wreaked so much havoc upon air transit and the tongues of newscasters alike. Not that newscasters haven't struggled valiantly, as you can see in this video compilation of flubs. Turns out Icelandic is very hard.

Anyone who's ever had to correct the pronunciation of her name ("No, it's TARR-uh, not TAY-ruh") knows how frustratingly common mispronunciation is. But rarely has a name posed such an international crisis of enunciation.

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